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My red Radner broiler s are dying. I have them in a stock tank

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My red Radner broiler s are dying. I have them in a stock tank in my living room, we have had daily rain for weeks. They are sickly a day, sitting on the floor, will not eat or drink. The next day they are dead. Others are lively running around . I am feeding an all organic feed with fish meal protein kelp, added b vitamins. The temps are warm but not hot yet. Water is s nipple system. Did not lose a one as babies. They are tall, but not heavy, toes are not curled just lethargic, then dead.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Pat replied 2 years ago.
Sorry for the delay--time zones. IMPORTANT Check the website for the feed you give, there have been many recalls; or check this link: Please collect the deceased in baggies and refrigerate (not freeze) as you are going to need some analysis to find out what is going on. The remains should be submitted to a good, experienced vet or your state's poultry lab. Live ones should also have an exam and be tested. Being indoors and confined can amplify disease impact. The problem you have here is to find out what exactly is the cause. There is nothing specific in what you describe, quite literally 100 different diseases can have the same presentation. Luckily there are labs that work with small producers and start diagnostics for a very reasonable fee. where are you located?How long have they been indoors?what kind of lighting and heat?what kind of bedding and what is the cleaning schedule?I know it is expensive, but you may not have many home options, because the first thing you need a vet for is to find out what is going on. Treatment is only as good as the diagnosis. If you call around, you may find a vet to work within your means.Use an avian/poultry-experienced veterinarian ASAP for complete examination, diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Check click on "find a vet" members of AAV in your area. If thesewere my patients, I would start with complete fecal analysis and direct smear, stained with Sedi-stain and unstained for multiple parasites, fungi, spirals; direct smear stained with Sedi-stain and unstained of the oral cavity; bacterial culture and sensitivity of the feces and choana. Depending on the case I might do a fungal culture. Routine blood work is necessary to rule out other issues. There are MANY DNA/RNA tests for poultry diseases. It depends on your geographic location for which tests are most useful.